Our intent for Religious Education at Freegrounds Junior School is to equip our children with the knowledge and skills to answer challenging questions, explore different religious beliefs, values and traditions and become a positive member of a society of diverse religions and beliefs. We wish to provide a wide range of religious encounters which will help children form a view of the world that they can apply to their own experiences. We encourage our children to ask questions about the world; develop their interest and opinions about concepts that are common to themselves and religions; and explore their own and others’ beliefs, values and experiences and reflect upon how these affect the way in which they and others live.
RE is taught at Freegrounds every half term in accordance with the legal requirements of the Agreed Syllabus for Hampshire, Living difference IV. We follow the recommended time allocation of 45 hours of RE per year for Key Stage 2, with links made to other areas of the curriculum where appropriate. RE is taught as a discrete unit and is always concept driven, following an enquiry based approach. Teachers use a range of teaching styles and activities, which include exploring artefacts, group and class discussions, role-play, investigations and art. At Freegrounds, we cover Christianity as well as the Buddhist tradition in Years 3 and 4 and Islam in Years 5 and 6. In addition, we have 5 overview studies across the four year groups which focus on a number of religions and traditions.
All children engage with the learning in RE lessons. Adaptations are made according to pupils individual needs where appropriate e.g. a teacher might scribe for a child so that writing is not a barrier to their RE understanding.
There will be at least 1 piece of RE work recorded in topic books each half term.
Throughout lessons, teachers seize opportunities to develop pupils’ team work, resilience, independence, creativity, critical thinking and reflective learning behaviours. This might be through task design or through questioning within the lesson.
Parental right of withdrawal
In accordance with the Education Act 1996, School Standards and Framework Act 1998 and Education Act 2002, parents have the right to withdraw their children from the teaching of Religious Education, without influence from the school, although the school will ensure parents or carers are informed of this right and are aware of the educational objectives and content of the Religious Education syllabus. In this way, parents can make an informed decision. Where parents have requested that their child is withdrawn, their right must be respected, and where Religious Education is integrated in the curriculum, the school will discuss the arrangements with the parents or carers to explore how the child’s withdrawal can be best accommodated. In order to avoid misunderstandings, any parent wishing to withdraw their child may arrange a meeting with the Headteacher in order to discuss:
- The religious issues about which the parent would object to his/her child being taught.
- The practical implications of withdrawal e.g. supervision and alternative activities.
- The circumstances in which the school can reasonably accommodate parental wishes.
- Any advance notice required of such Religious Education.